Gov. Jeff Landry (R-LA) gave final approval to a congressional map that creates a court-ordered second majority-black district and likely costs Republicans one of its five seats in the Louisiana legislature.
The new map protects the partisan lean of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) districts, but reshapes Rep. Garret Graves’s (R-LA) district to become the state’s second black-majority district. Landry signed the bill on Monday and argued that the legislature was keeping the map in its control, rather than being drawn by a court.
Today, we began the process of necessary structural change to our election system, allowing for a cleaner and simpler final ballot, and we took the pen out of the hand of a non-elected judge and placed it in the hands of the people.
— GovJeffLandry (@LAGovJeffLandry)